Innovation in Agri-food Processing: Preliminary Study of Commercialization of Bulk Food Ingredients in Manitoba

Much has been reported on the challenges and gaps as to why innovation is not happening across Canada, yet this project took a different approach and examined successful innovation. This research could have concentrated on how businesses are overcoming the often-cited critical gaps for commercializing innovation: lack of capital; lack of collaboration between stakeholders in the quadruple helix of business, community, academy, and government; and a risk-adverse culture toward innovation and entrepreneurship (Hall et al., 2014; Innovate Manitoba, 2015.) Instead, we wanted to fill in a knowledge gap related to how innovation occurs, not generally, but specifically, with a preliminary study of 3 food processing companies.